BIOPAMA: connecting ACP countries and Europe

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries host a very large share of our planet’s biodiversity. The BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) Programme by IUCN and partners assists these countries in managing their natural heritage. IUCN European Union Representative Office acts as liaison between the Programme and the European Union institutions and the ACP Secretariat, based in Brussels.  

Woman wading through a bed of water hyacinths in Madagascar

The richness and diversity of plants, animals and ecosystems in protected areas of many countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific provides services to local people and communities in and around these areas. The protection and sustainable use of resources can help reduce poverty and provide benefits also for urban areas and communities. Yet, in most countries there are often information gaps and lack of adequate capacity to plan and effectively manage protected areas.

The BIOPAMA Programme seeks to address this challenge. Its objective is to develop a framework for improving technical and institutional approaches through capacity building and regional cooperation to manage biodiversity conservation, particularly in protected areas.

The IUCN European Union Representative Office supports the implementation of BIOPAMA by serving as connection point between the Programme and relevant actors based in Brussels. Its role is to ensure effective coordination, communication and liaison with the European Commission, the EU Members States associated to the project, as well as with the ACP Secretariat and other stakeholders in Europe. The IUCN European Union Representative Office supports the work of other IUCN entities: four IUCN Regional Offices (Oceania, West and Central Africa, East and South Africa and Mesoamerica), two IUCN Commissions (the World Commission on Protected Areas and the Species Survival Commission) and the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme.

The programme was launched by the European Commission in July 2011 and it is funded with Intra-ACP resources from the 10th European Development Fund. It is implemented in cooperation with the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the the Multi-Donor ABS Initiative managed by GIZ. Its duration is four years.

For more information about the programme, contact Roxana Bucioaca and visit

Did you know?

  • The European Commission supports the mainstreaming of biodiversity into all sectors of its development and cooperation policies, aware of the link between biodiversity conservation, economic development and the eradication of poverty.
  • The European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, adopted in May 2011, includes a global dimension and steps up the EU’s contribution to averting global biodiversity loss.
  • The EU is the largest contributor of biodiversity finance to developing countries. In 2006-2010, the EU and its 27 Member States committed around 1.7 billion Euros each year for biodiversity related aid.
  • The fundaments of EU’s cooperation relations for the economic, social and cultural development of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States are defined by the Cotonou Agreement.

Sources: EuropeAid and DG Environment


Work area: 
Protected Areas
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